[EuroPython] Re: government money, socialism et al.

Martijn Faassen faassen@vet.uu.nl
Fri, 15 Feb 2002 14:40:31 +0100

Nicolas Pettiaux wrote:
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> Just a note about something everyone doesn't knwo in the list:
> there is an REALLY increasing perception within the Belgian Socialist party 
> that free software (and they insist on the freedom side they understand , not 
> caring about open source pragmatic approach they do not understand because 
> they are not in the IT field) is good for education and public 
> administration. 
> This, as far as I understood, was the key selling factor Denis used to get 
> the CEME place and the whole committement by the city of Charleroi.
> I am afraid that should we forget that, would they not be pleased.

We won't forget it. We'll plaster 'Libre Software' over our website,
I think. We can also provide links to Free Software in general, 
and use it a few times. So we'll have to do a careful balancing act between
people scared by the word 'Free' and otherwise won't come, and the people
who like the word Free. 'libre' is a good compromise for starters,
though, as the meaning is clearer than the word 'free' in English.

Anyway, I'm volunteering for this balancing act of offending (cough, pleasing)
all parties in this equally. If anyone has concerns or arguments about the
whole issue of free versus open, please contact me by private email so
we can keep most of the discussion off the list.